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Apr 1, 2013 12:59 PM

Another wonderful find

We were enjoying our dinner at August - one of our favorites - when Maryann, the chef, asked us if we had been to Sophia's yet. We hadn't, but Maryann had and told us it was wonderful. Now that's a recommendation!

We got there this past Friday. Sophia's is in the space that was Salt and Pepper at 1623 Passyunk Avenue. The chef, Christopher Lee, has worked at Striped Bass and other fine places.

It was a glorious meal.

If you go, don't miss the tuna sashimi tacos. And don't share them - you won't want to.

The Caesar salad, which is delicious, is big enough to share. The romaine is in large pieces, but you won't mind. The taste is right on target - so very good!

The large plates are definitely large enough to share. The whole roast chicken was crispy on the outside and juicy within. Our waitress offered to have it cut it apart, but my husband opted to do it himself. It is the first time I have ever seen him take food home from a restaurant. We had enough left for another dinner.

Our friend's raviolis - chestnut and something else - were raved about. I didn't taste them, but she loved them and said she would order them again.
I also had a small plate of meatballs over polenta. While it was very good, especially the creamy polenta, next time I would try something less ordinary.

There are only a few desserts. We were told that the desserts come from the bakery down the street (I don't remember the name) which also makes desserts for Fond. We had a delicious moist apple cake with vanilla gelato.

I am not describing the food accurately; you can see the menu online.
But this was an exceptional meal. Sophia's now ranks up with our top choices.

They have a full bar - great drinks. And Katie Loeb as bartender part of the time!

The place is small - plain, nothing beautiful - but the tables are spaced so that you can talk.

Now we can't wait to get back.
Welcome, Sophia's!

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  1. Thank you for the excellent review. We can always count on you for identifying good places to try.

    1. Thanks Sylvia.
      On our "to do" list.

      1. Sounds wonderful. Thanks Sylvia. Can't wait to try this restaurant. Btw, the bakery is Belle. Yum.

        1. I haven't been, but from the reviews it seems like they have an identity crisis. What type of food do they actually serve? People like to categorize things, and if you don't fit in a category, your risk falling between the cracks.

          Off to a slow start as far as I can tell, despite the hype of a well-known chef returning to Philly.

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          1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

            I went to Open Table to post the menu,but it was completely different - no tacos, raviolis, Caesar salad, etc.

            I called and was reassured; my favorites are still on the menu. They have been having a problem changing the menu on the Open Table site.

            What food do they actually serve? Eclectic, contemporary American. Small plates and large plates. I don't know why anyone would have a problem with the menu.
            My only problem with it was that I wanted too many things!

            The menu was not big, but it covered meat, fish, poultry and pasta.

            I'd say the category was "delicious food."

          2. Thank you for your comments, Faye, Arepo and Jan.
            It feels so good to be part of this community and to know someone is listening. We have a great Board!